Tuesday, April 28, 2009

You knew it was coming... I now present to you:
The Silver Lining

Well, the Terrible Leaking Pipe Problem is finally over with. It took about a week, and although I still haven't put everything away, our kitchen is 100% functional and a little 'purdier' than when we started.
Since our cabinets were all rotted and mildewy, we had to get rid of them. Instead of putting in more cabinets, I had the chance to do something I'd always thought about: putting our butcher block countertop on turned legs, making it look more like piece of furniture.
It was a bit of an ordeal to find what we needed, but we ended up screwing two legs together for the right height. I found a duvet cover for $10 at IKEA, and cut that up and turned it into curtains. I hope to find the right racks tonight for storage underneath. By the way, the whole fiasco ended up costing us much less than I had feared, and helped support some qualified neighbors who are currently out of work and thrilled to help.
I want to thank you all for all of your nice comments and support. The encouragement, empathy and prayers really did make me feel better throughout the whole lame ordeal. In fact, I had been wanting to do this part of the project anyway, and the upside was that I was forced into going for it. I'd like to put it out there that, should another unfortunate event such as this one happen again, forcing us into home improvements that we would otherwise never consider due to our precarious financial situation, please let it be the bathroom.


Anonymous said...

This looks absolutely beautiful!
Congratulations on your "Lemonade"
The red looks great and I know that you are so much happier with the whole room.
I just wanna say "Good JOB!"


Bethany said...

It's beautiful! I love it. I am glad it ended up not costing so much. I have been contemplating doing something similar since my 70's particle board cupboard doors keep breaking and falling off! But I really love the turned legs, and of course the red! Good work!

Anonymous said...

so nice! and your attitude is to be commendable!


ShackelMom said...

I love it! It turned out SO nice!

Anonymous said...

Amazed you were able to get those finishing touches done so quickly! Looks great! --Dad

Great Aunt Gretchen said...

A darling touch to your kitchen!
aunt G

Grandma Seelye said...

Just darling!We DO have such talented and creative grandchildren!Love you

Luke said...

It looks great Ariana, and I'm so glad to hear that the costs were less than you initially thought they'd be. The turned legs are really nifty, so creative!

EMILY said...

Oooooh, that's very pretty! It makes the kitchen look so breezy. I've been meaning to email you to tell you both that you've got what it takes to get through all this business. A lot of folks would eat a worm and die at this point. You are too smart, resourceful and industrious to get to that point. If either of you ever need a laugh, call me and I'll tell you how Micah flushed his (front) tooth down toilet at Matt and Lisa's.

Gretchen said...

Love your kitchen! Glad it worked out so well!